In the last few years, the number of ransomware attacks towards organisations has dramatically increased and experts say that they are becoming more sophisticated and more dangerous.
Ransomware is malware intended to deny access to a computer system or data until a ransom is paid. Ransomware typically spreads through phishing emails or by unknowingly visiting an infected website.
So, what can you do to protect your organisation from ransomware? Here are some top tips…
- Be aware of phishing emails – we cannot stress this enough. Phishing emails are one of the primary channels through which attackers infect your computer system. Make sure that your organisation has good email protection systems in place and that your staff are trained on how to recognise malicious emails.
- Update security features and applications – your security features will not be operating optimally if you don’t update them consistently. This could leave your organisation open to attacks. By updating your business applications regularly, your business will be best equipped to prevent an attack.
- Backup, backup and backup! – If a ransomware attack occurs you need to have control and possession of your data. Backups are a key element to protect your data and using encryption will ensure that the backups themselves are protected from ransomware.
- Test your disaster recovery plan – You need to test your disaster recovery plan; this is critical to understanding if it works and what if any changes are needed. When it comes to ransomware, a Penetration Test could be a great way to put your organisation under pressure and see how it reacts and recovers.
- Cyber security monitoring – having systems in place that can detect problems or breaches of your systems will ensure that your organisation is constantly protected.